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The primary objective of this study was to devise generalized procedures that would make it possible for the Air Force Logistics Command to provide initial spares support to a Foreign Military Sales customer within two years of the Letter of Offer and Acceptance (LOA) without degrading USAF capabilities. The authors broke the overall acquisition process into three mutually exclusive phases: requirements phase, procurement phase, and production phase. They concluded that the requirements phase could be compressed into approximately one year if (1) some of the program manager's work was completed while the LOA was being negotiated, and (2) the program manager was provided with an automated system for assembling, organizing, and editing the parts lists. To reduce leadtimes in the procurement phase, the authors recommend an interactive status reporting system that would highlight critical delays. Finally, the spares list should be rank ordered to ensure early delivery of the most important items.

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